Disaster and Emergency News and Resources for Housing Counselors

This page contains a collection of news, resources, and guidance to assist housing counselors with response and recovery efforts specific to disasters. Launched in 2017 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this page is updated frequently with the latest information and links following each new disaster that occurs.

All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by disasters are encouraged to review the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Resources located on the HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs and provides immediate access to the:

Reminder: Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect of an agency’s purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify HUD (their point of contact) within 15 days. Please send your questions to housing.counseling@hud.gov. Please type “DART” on the subject line.


Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit

How HUD Helps After a Disaster

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Disaster Recovery Trainings


For additional housing counseling trainings, check the Housing Counseling Training Digest, updated weekly.


For a complete list of Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Webinars, visit Housing Counseling Webinar Archive: Select Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Section.

Recent FEMA Declarations

Read the 2018-2019 disaster declarations made by FEMA where individual assistance is offered:

Disaster Incident Period Declaration Date
Cahuilla Band of Indians Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4423) February 14, 2019 March 28, 2019
La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4422) February 14-15, 2019 March 26, 2019
Iowa Severe Winter Storm and Flooding
March 12, 2019 March 23, 2019
Nebraska Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4420) March 9, 2019 March 21, 2019
Alabama Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, And Tornadoes (DR-4419) March 3, 2019 March 5, 2019
Alaska Earthquake
November 30, 2018 January 31, 2019
California Wildfires
November 8-25, 2018 November 12, 2018
North Marina Islands Super Typhoon Yutu
October 24-26, 2018 October 26, 2018
Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, and Landslides
August 17-September 14, 2018 October 18, 2018
Georgia Hurricane Michael
October 9-23, 2018 October 14, 2018
Florida Hurricane Michael
October 7-19, 2018 October 11, 2018
South Carolina Hurricane Florence
September 08, 2018 September 16, 2018
North Carolina Hurricane Florence
September 07, 2018 September 14, 2018
California Wildfires And High Winds
(Lake County added – in addition to Shasta)
July 23, 2018 August 04, 2018
Hawaii Kilauea Volcanic Eruption
And Earthquakes (DR-4366)
May 03, 2018 -
August 17, 2018
May 11, 2018
Hawaii Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides,
And Mudslides (DR-4365)
April 13, 2018 -
April 16, 2018
May 08, 2018
North Carolina Tornado And Severe Storms
April 15, 2018 May 08, 2018

For a complete list of FEMA Declarations, visit the FEMA webpage.

2017 Major Disasters

California Fires

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Nate